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governance survey and are the basis for our discussion for the first 45 minutes of this edition of the "washington journal." good morning. today is saturday, september 29. we want to find out from you about divided government. are you in favor of it? would you prefer to see one party, two parties, three parties? one party versus divided government, your preferences is our topic for the first segment of the program. 202-585-3880 is our number for democrats. republicans can call us at 202-585-3881. independents, 202-585-3882. if you're calling outside the u.s., 202-585-3883. we'll show you those numbers throughout the segment. if you want to get in touch with us via social media, the address, twitter, twithtwith cspanwj. on facebook, it's facebook.com/cspan. if you want to send us an email, that address is journal @organize org. -- is journal @c-span.org. this is the gallup poll we're talking about. it's the gallup annual governance survey. they write while americans tend to lean toward one-party government over divided government in presidential election years, this year finds th
journal and government executive for inviting me to this year's a cyber security summit because i can think of no more urgent topic in today's interconnected world. the cyber domain is woven into the fabric of our daily lives. while this increased productivity has led to significant transformations and advances across our country and around the world, it has increased the importance. the flip side of all the good that comes from the internet is that cyber attacks have increased over the next decade. here is a quick sense of scale. last year, u.s. computer emergency readiness team that surprise -- provides response for the federal civilian part of of the partners, last year, the u.s. responded to more than 106,000 incident reports and released more than 5000 actionable cyber security alerts. specialized teams for vulnerable and industrial systems. the words cyber security encompasses a broad range of malicious activity from the nile of service attacks to the theft of intellectual property to intrusions' against the government that works. last year, a water plant for a small town in tex
states as well. i have a jobs plan. we need to back government away from small business, need to have government reduce regulations that are such a burden on businesses so they can create jobs. we need to reform the tax code. we need to reduce energy costs. we need to help small businesses to create those opportunities. >> senator kerrey, you have 30 seconds. >> senator fischer signed a pledge that would require you should pay the same taxes employees pay. under your balanced budget, unemployment would double. i have examined the amendment, and it would double unemployment. >> i disagree. with regard to the buffet rule, if you are going to tax every millionaire, that can run the government for 17 hours. let's look for businesses to create jobs and make opportunities in the state, and we can do it by reducing regulations, by having an energy plan, by repealing "obamacare." >> the next question. >> a question in this cycle is, are we better at today than we were four years ago? are we? >> no, we are not better off with our economy, with our position in the world. we have seen a failure
denunciatory of the egyptian government, in my judgment. hillary put out a magnificent statement that follows the white house, repudiating the american embassy statement and making a statement calling the egyptian government to task. in libya, we were more conciliatory because the libyan president denounced the attack. but that is not adequate. if they can't control the cops and military, it is not a government. we should be denunciatory. i doubt there is a single country in the world left in civilization that would not have called back its ambassador. and certainly cut off, or put in terms that relates to the 2 billion that egypt receives from the united states, i am sure libya receives money. it was even greater because the american ambassador -- i am supportive of the arab spring. the times and elsewhere, i said to myself, they are not great people. but they are people that surely will turn out nice to us. it doesn't make any sense. >> the events of the last week, the embassy attacks, it will result in a further ongoing shift of jewish americans changing -- >> i think there is a little mor
in state government debts as well. now my final number: $50,000 is the median household income. so, we owe $12,000 more than we make. that means as a nation what we owe now exceeds what we have. that also means even if you confiscate all that we make every penny of its you would not come close to covering what we spend, any of it. that is the issue the guys should be hammering tomorrow night, how vulnerable we are. the guy would lays it out would not just be reframing the debate but setting off a firestorm. but one that need not concern him or us. as the fine of the mind in both political parties have told me, and, yes, there are still quite a few, to quote a certain vice presidential candidate, we can do this. listen to two guys on my fox business network show, which if you don't get you should demand, last night, retired democratic senator sam nunn and former republican senator bob bennett appears jointly on fox business network. each offering relatively modest proposals to fix this mess. listen closely. >> we particularly have to discuss, frankly, with the american people, that the enti
that to? >> i think we are at a fiscal and economic cliff. i think we have pursued government spending programs that have created a debt that is out of control. at the convention come after talking, i went home to my hotel at 1:30 a.m. and i was looking on my iphone at twitter. and the comedian paula pound stone had sent a tweet that evening. i don't know her, but she said " ted cruz just said that, when his daughter was born, the debt was $5 trillion and now it is $16 trillion. what the heck did she do?" [laughter] >> you think the debt is putting the nation in crisis. >> along with government spending, is causing the dead. we have seen a growing expansion in the power of the federal government. it is crippling small businesses. >> you are the national co-chair of the obama-bided campaign. >> i would put the challenge that we have as a nation in a different context. and say that, to the extent that we are a nation in "crisis," although i would not describe it as that because i believe that we can fundamentally overcome this and that we can do it in a fairly rational and reasonable way
of this, there also will be political pressure on the swiss government by the e.u., particularly the french and germans, to get them to kind of close this, this loophole. melissa: yeah. >> it will always be an uphill climb and sanctions aren't perfect. right now they appear to be having some effect. melissa: we're talking about this today because of course the iranian president is here in new york making his speech in front of the u.n. at the same time we're watching that, that we're reading that iran being able to sell this oil and it makes americans and our viewers feel like we're not getting any traction on the front of trying to slow down iran from getting nuclear capability. what do you think is the best thing that the u.s. and the u.n. could do right now that we're not doing? >> ahmadinejad of course is a lame duck and in any event the theocracy, the mullahs in tehran are the ones that really control the future of the country and they don't appear to be weakening in materials of their position. melissa: no. >> so i think that we really have to, of course continue these sanc
debates later on. maybe you two can negotiate that. if you cut government benefits -- a secretly recorded video of mitt romney at a private fund- raiser was made public -- let's take a look. >> 47% of the people -- who will vote for the president a matter what. who believe the government has responsibility to care for them. who believe they are entitled to health care and food and housing, you name it. that is an entitlement. >> texas -- in 2010, 30.5% of texans filing era -- return paid no income tax. there is no data on how many texans get government assistance, but the census bureau found 24% get social security. 20 -- 14% did retirement income. 5% disability bed -- benefits and 14% from strands. mr. cruz, do you believe that government has a responsibility to care for them? >> of course not. i agree with mitt romney when he says his comments were poorly phrased. keefe said they were in elegantly stated. i think there is a difference. part of the philosophy of president obama is trying to get as many americans as possible dependent on government so that the democrats can stay in power
how we have not done enough for you? or that we have funded evil governments before you. there is if risk to him in doing that. is there? >>guest: given the pat history of him meeting with netanyahu, there would be some risk he would be afraid something would show the two of them do not get along. the message that comes from not meeting, really, this administration is not as behind israel as they would like everyone to believe. more specifically, the jewish voters. i am astounded how many jewish voters are still voting to him. meeting with president morsi, why think our president is ready to stand tall when it comes to other world leaders. we have to stand there, put our finger in morsi's chest and say as long as we are giving you a lot of money we get to lay down and of the rules. the president was afraid to do either one of those, i think. >>neil: he had to make a decision, and barbara walters and ahmadinejad, barbara walters and ahmadinejad. who knows in. >> now to ed henry on how the white house is responding to the criticism, you are missing a golden opportunity. wh
: iranian government slamming the obama administration for taking ago iranian militant group off the u.s. terrorism list, the group began as a guerrilla movement during the iranian revolution and fought along side saddam hussein's forces in the 80s dismantled after the united states led invasion in 2003. the state department says mek has not committed an act of terror for than a decade iran claim the u.s. is using the group to work against its government. >> rick: tracking severe weather hitting texas. heavy rain and risk of dangerous flash flooding will spread across a large part of that state today. some areas could see as much as six inches of rain, a lot . forcasters say large amounts of moisture are coming from the gulf of mexico and from storms in the pacific and warn the downpours could last all weekend, into monday. >> arthel: all right football fans, rejoice! nfl referee lockout over. refs approving new eight year deal with the league, ending the three-month ordeal. both sides quickly reaching agreement after replacement refs drew complaints from fans and even president obama.
perspective when it comes to the tune of government than i do. i think you believe that government is the wherewithal for what we need in this country. i do not. i believe in private enterprise, private responsibility, but i thank you for your service. welcome for that service. i respect that she is a mother, a rancher, a small business person. i think she is campaigning in all three of those things they have a great deal of respect for what she did on a school board and a legislature. you are always putting yourself at risk. we have fundamental disagreements. the negative advertising, in one year and -- on you have to do is avoid watching television is not a bad option. what she just said is not true. i started a business in nebraska, and the first thing i had to do to start our business must get a permit from the city office, talk to the county, the state. i understand that government does not create jobs. i understand you've got to be careful with taxes and regulation to make that hpen. thats political rhetoric in my view, and it does not resemble the facts. she said it is diffu
with occupying forces and the israeli government. the settler is attack should not surprise anyone, for it is the inherent code on the continuation of occupation anti-dormant policy that deems the satisfaction to be the absolute priority. it is that isreali curriculum and extremist opinions that are ripe with hatred and are rooted in discriminatory laws created and enacted over the years against the palestinian people, as well as by the security apparatus which provide excuse after excuse for the accelerated -- the fabricate excuses for soldiers who have committed what are clearly considered crimes and acts of murder, torture, and abuse. over the past year since the convening of the general assembly's previous assembly, the occupying insisted -- it is a campaign aimed at altering the mankind.s it is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the palestinian people via demolition of their homes and prevention of their construction and residency rights and the denial of basic .ervices and schools they took the city and prevent millions of palestinians from 3 accessing its schools, church
they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it, it's an entitlement and the government should give it to them and they will vote for this president no matter what. >> a new poll finds 54% of all voters have an unfavorable view of romney's comments and 57% of independents feel the same way. that's a big reason why romney is in so much trouble in ohio and no republican has ever won the white house without winning the state. but when asked about how losing ohio would affect the electoral map, romney's campaign response said, i prefer to look at the map hol lift clee. he wants to look at the map holistically? how about realistically? president obama is trying to seal the deal. >> values are hard work and personal responsibility, those values that we believe in don't just belong to workers or businesses or the rich or the poor, the 53% or the 47%, the 1% or the 99%. those are american values. and if you're with me and if you work with me, we'll win what county again. we'll win ohio again. we'll finish what we started. we'll remind the world why the united states of america is the g
businesses know that the government is not going to pull the rug out from under them. talk to a small-business person, a manufacturer, someone holding on a hoping they do not have to lay off the next round of people. they see regulation after regulation coming from washington. they have no idea what it will cost them. they are worried about going forward because of hidden costs. then they see our president promising the top tax rate on small businesses goes to about 40%. that only pays for 8% of his proposed deficit spending. overseas, where i come from, that means make superior. we both live near canada. the canadians have this figured out. other countries have this figured out. canadians lowered taxes on businesses to 15%. president obama wants the tax rate on our successful small businesses and job creators above 40%. when we tax our job creators at much higher tax rates than foreign competitors, we went -- we win and they lose. we do not want to tax the small businesses. we want them to hire more people. that is essential. none of this is going to work, no business will be confide
the people. this is the way the framers of the constitution intended our government to be, a government that comes from the people. over time we have developed a government that comes at the people, that comes from the top down, where the people are more or less treated as objects to be programmed during the campaign with commercials and media events and fear messages and personal attacks and things of that nature. the thing that separates my candidacy and makes it unique is that this came from millions of people in 50 states all over this country who wanted a candidate that worked and belonged to nobody but them. i go into this race as their servant, and i belong to them. so this comes from the people. >> governor clinton, a one minute response. >> the most important distinction in this campaign is that i represent real hope for change, a departure from trickle-down economics, a departure from tax and spend economics, to invest in growth. but before i can do that, i must challenge the american people to change, and they must decide. tonight i say to the president: mr. bush, for 12 year
in afghanistan and no evidence that the american plan to hand over to a credible, stable afghan government will work. these village elders tell me once u.s. troops leave, a civil war will begin and u.s.-trained afghan forces will not be able to stop it. >> are you preparing for this fight? are you already stockpiling weapons and ammunition and getting yourself ready? yes, we are, we will definitely fight, he says. and what about the afghan government? it's meaningless here, they say. you think it's possible that the taliban will try and come back. yes, they will, he says. it makes a decade's work of american battles seem futile. it wasn't always like this. >> the united states military has begun strikes. >> at first, the war had momentum. and a clear purpose. al qaeda with bases in afghanistan attack the united states on 9/11. just three months later, the u.s. drove the taliban from power, al qaeda and osama bin laden were on the run. it was done with a few hundred cia officers, special forces, and air power. a quick victory. but not decisive. >> that was nbc's richard engel reporting. and
administration withheld crucial information about the u.s. consulate attack on purpose. one government agency is taking responsibility is this just the white house trying to cover up the coverup. >> for get state and federal taxes. if the united nations gets its way the united states tax me g.e.d.en could go global. >> just how friendly are our skies? "fox & friends" begins right now. snet ♪ >> good saturday morning, everyone. welcome in to "fox & friends" on this early fall morning. coming up in just about a half an hour we are going to talk about whether or not spanking should be considered a form of child abuse. one state is actually moving, perhaps, to make it that way. you could be locked up as a result of it. >> looking forward to that debate. we will answer that question. which one of us three is the funniest reporter in new york? we'll not give you any clues. >> no clues. >> i said no -- >> more on that later on in the program. >> meanwhile the top story, the news that has consumed us for the better part of two weeks now. that is what happened in benghazi? why was the message coming
government. first, to turn to the defense of marriage act and proposition 8 cases -- i will talk about doma cases for it. first, for some history on doma, it was passed in 1996 and has two main sections from only one is really at issue in section 2 is about trying to protect states from being forced to recognized marriage in other states. the section that deals with the defense of marriage for federal purposes, federal law, federal taxes, a whole host of bedroll laws. it says, for the purpose of federal law, the word marriage means of a legal union between one man and one woman, husband and wife, and spouse refers only to a person of the opposite sex. that is the section of the law that president obama has declined to defend. at the house, they have created the bipartisan legal adviser group that is during the defense of these laws since the administration has advocated its role in defending it. -- has abdicated its role in defending it. there are several cases that have petitions for the court to decide amongst. the first one, probably the front runner, is a combination case of massachuset
much the u.s. and libyan governments knew about the growing threat from al qaeda and militias in eastern libya. >> all members of the formulation relations committee, both democrat and republican, are asking for answers. this is now something that can never be covered as partisan. these are concerns from senators and house members who want to know what is happening. >> one source says that benghazi had weapons and coordination. three days after the attack, the cia director, david petraeus, he found that benghazi was a demonstration prompted by the youtube video that spun out of control. ahead of the homeland committee telling fox, he has a deep respect for the cia director and will not discuss classified information but something is profoundly wrong. something tells us that this was caused primarily by the video and that terrorist influence was minimum. >> that was a mentioning of the video is any kind of catalyst at the compound. megyn: catherine herridge, thank you so much. later in the show, we will ask if the deadly attack in libya is this election season's surprise. simil
million to the new government in egypt which is run by the brotherhood. this proposal comes to congress at a point when the u.s.-egypt rip has never been under more scrutiny and rightly so. i am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and i cannot support it at this time as chair of the subcommittee i have placed a hold on these funds. earlier in the week, in new york. secretary of state hillary clinton mentioned this month want riots in egypt and context of the ongoing arab spring. she made clear in a state department's estimation right now. the way to calm down these protesters is to secure the country, in part, with money. the recent riots and protests throughout the region have brought the challenge of transition into sharp relief. extremists are clearly determined to hijack these reforms and revolutions to it further their ageneral does and ideology so our partnership must empower those that would see their nations emerge as true democracy. >> back in september all the foreign aid conference shed said they would send to egypt was contingent on supporting a democratic g
the government as a two party government. that is how i think it should stay. third parties -- they have never made an impact in elections. i do not think they are relevant at all. i want to thank you for letting me get -- this is my first time in years i have gotten on c- span. host: we are glad to hear from me. caller: know, i do not think they are relevant. host: next is shannon from missouri. are you a member of a third party? caller: yes. you get disgruntled with you hear people like bill oreilly and sean hannity saying ron paul can't win. it every time he gets up to speak he draws a bigger crowds then obama or romney. the motion is amazing. i run into so many people -- you always hear they cannot win. if they could get more coverage other than c-span, c-span are the only people that are fair to third-party people compared to fox or cnn or ms nbc or any of the other ones. i wish more people would watch c-span and educate themselves to receive more votes. host: thank you for the call. one of your saying -- as we said earlier, ross perot sitting down for his first extended interview in many
of millions of dollars, set up better health care networks for the poor. i believe if the federal government would have a lot granted the state of new mexico 43% less money, and done away with all the strings and the mandate, i could've effectively oversee the delivery of health care to the fore. i think you apply that same template to medicare, health care for those over 65, get the federal government out of the health-care business completely , give it up to the states, in this case, block grants that balance revenues and expenditures, and that is how we ever get out of this. giving it up to the states, 50 laboratories of innovation and best practices, that is exactly what we will have. we will have some fabulous success and some horrible failure. failure of lincoln avoided, success will be emulated. that is how we will find our way out of this. host: gary johnson is with us from new mexico. he will be with us for about 40 more minutes. we will put the phone numbers on the bottom of the screen as we take a look at the libertarian nominee and his race overall. there is a recent gallup poll
comments on the 47% of americans he dubbed victims of government dependence. >> i don't think we can get very far with leaders who writeoff half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. >> 47% of the people vote for the president no matter what. who -- >> the obama campaign turned romney's secretly recorded remarks into a devastating new ad claiming the gop nominee's words under the families and veterans. >> so my job is not to worry about -- they should take personal responsibility. >> romney two days in a row out to link national security to the nati sluggh recovery. he's seizing on new economic data revising down the 2nd quarter gdp. >> this is not just one quarter. this has been going on now for years. china's growing much faster than we. russia's growing faster than we. our economy needs to be reinvigorated. >> but not all the numbers paint a gloomy picture. the labor department announced it undercounted nearly 400,000 jobs in 2011 meaning that 4.4 million jobs have been created since the president's inauguration. slightly more than the num
to the information we share as a government, as a nation, as a community helps them write their own story of hope and healing. as one gentleman posted on the voices of recovery page at recoverymonth.gov -- getting and living well with a merger program of recovery is the greatest part of my autobiography i have to offer. the data we released today will shine a light on the status of drug use in america, and help l of us see where we are making gains, and where we need to work harder to address these critical public health issues. the matter what the data tells us about substance abuse and the disease of addiction, we release this data during this month to underscore that people can and do recover. as of heard, we are in the 20th year in serving the nation. and the national recovery month is in its 23rd year. this month acknowledges and celebrates recovery from addiction and mental illness, of advances int science -- through evidence based practices and thousands upon thousands of united voices of recovery across the country. recovery has captured an audience and is rallying in nations. about this
of the whites, and the reality is reviewing the last four times they've identified the control of the government 65, 66 from 76 to 80, 93, 94 and the first two years of obama each time they suffered a fairly catastrophic decline in the vote share which says they've not been able to articulate the need broad support in the community especially the working class community the the other part, the republicans will certainly be a big point of the debate. it's entirely possible that romney will run as any republican challenger ever. pulling on the whites bush '88 come all 56 to 61% of whites range. romani could come right in that range and lose, and i think that is down to -- it should precipitate a conversation in the party. this is the last time anyone will try to do this that is entirely on the back. it's unrealistic when 62 or 63, but the existing collision is so dependent on the community that are uneasy with the change that they are just paralyzed in the intellectual understanding the have to reach out to the hispanics and difficulty they are fighting it in degrees note here at the end. the repu
, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled. they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >> seniors, veterans, the working poor, that's the half of america that romney is writing off. it's offensive. it's an offensive world view and on the campaign trail in virginia, president obama seemed offended by it. >> i don't think we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims, who never take responsibility for their own lives. i know. i travel around a lot in virginia and across this country. i don't meet a lot of victims. i see hardworking virginians, i see students trying to work their way through college. i see single moms like my mom putting in overtime to raise their kids right. i see senior citizens saving for retirement your entire lives. like jim whip said, i see a whole bunch of veterans who have served this country with bravery and distinction and soldiers who defend our freedom every single day and i see those military families who are wondering whether their loved
to talk about policies and not people. it is it about lower tax less government and economic growth that landlords to jobs. only thing that matters is yobs and who ever can tell them in a swing state. i know how to create them and i will help your family and your kids are going back to work and that is who am win. >> gretchen: that's what every election comes down to. the pocket book. what the governor said is important. does mitt romney understand the people's problems? when he is out there, does he touch them? and this is it all back to messaging. the fren percent thing; is that resonating in people's minds . he need toz get out there and let them know he cares about them. >> brian: president obama is doing a good job making the most of the tape. right now governor casecs approval at fren percent. if you make a governor's council of winning governors that might be the best supporters that bob massey is coming up next. but governor mitt romney can have. talk about what workings. >> gretchen: the other huge key to the economy is it real estate and bob massey trying to help people st
. it's a little more complicated than that. the federal government's was offering massachusetts $385 million, i believe, and that covered about half of the cost of providing care to uninsured people. governor romney had said at i have an opportunity to save the state a lot of money, because if we did not take the federal money, it would have gone away, we would not have access to it anymore. with health care reform, we are able to accept this large sum of money and free some of the cost of providing care for people who don't have health insurance. host: we're learning about the health care law that governor romney signed into law in massachusetts with the reports from the boston herald christine mcconvillechristine. she's been with the herald five years. she also reported for the boston globe before that. we have a phone line set up especially for massachusetts residents. and republicans and democrats can call us as well as independent scholars. -- callers. let's look at some details of how the health care law has played out. 98% of adults are now covered. nearly 100% of children are
and undermine the government. there was a minor earthquake in dallas. the u.s. geological survey said it was a 3.4 on the richter scale. it's possible they could see aftershocks over the next few days. those are the top story, back to you. >> shannon: thank you, peter. >> i have made restoring the american dream my life's work because without it, i wouldn't be where i am today. >> shannon: that's vernon parker, who is running for congress. he has been tapped for the g.o.p. weekly address, seeing him as one of the most promising candidates. but his opponents claim he is a 53 party supporter, who wants to get rid of education. sir, thank you for your time. >> hello. thanks for having me this morning. >> >> shannon: you know, one of the most well-viewed ads against you does contain a quote, talking about doing away with the department of education. tell us why and how you respond to accusations that it would be a terrible fit for your district, including college students and faculty. >> when i ran in the primary, i was referred to as a liberal to moderate republican. now that i am running in the ge
days from government default, but, ultimately, they came to a deal. dagen: john, good to see you. as always, thank you. connell: breaking news now. it is on the libor investigation. this is from the exclusive reporting from our own charlie gasparino. chuck grassley is launching an investigation into the libor manipulations. this is being started by the senator from iowa. they are turning up the heat on the treasury secretary tim geithner. barclays and other big banks and whether or not interest rates were fixed. a lot of this has been sent overseas until now. two senators starting an investigation to libor. let's move on. the economy certainly at a crossroads here with a fiscal cliff looming. our next guest, though, that people underestimate the positive impact we are seeing right now and housing. liz and sound are is in studio. what are we missing on housing? >> we have had a string of numbers. that factor has six years of a study drag on economy. only about 2.5% of gdp. i think people are underestimating the ripple effect to think like confidence. connell: what does it mean for
that that message will filter out not just through universities but also to employers and to the government. it could be an enormous change. we'll only deal with public universities this term. >> let me read to you from your column you wrote on cnn.com. very provocative but important as well. with a little more than a month to go, it's not too late to ask the candidates to take a stand on their plans for the court. what does oba a former law professor, think about the court? by the same tenind of justices would romney appoint? who are hisu rol models? it's very importan to tak a look at who they would name. there could be one, maybe eve two vacancies over the next four years thatould impact a decision of the court for the xt or 40 years. >> you know, wolf, there are four justices in their 70s. ruth bader ginsburg is the oldest at 79. justice kennedy and scalia are 76. justice spryer 74. they have tended to co in bunches. president obama had two appointees. george w. bush had two appointees. bill clinton had two. but there could be a bunch in a hurry. justice ginsburg is the most likely to l
netanyahu doubts, the israeli government is not sure president obama will follow through. the president said it will do what it must as necessary. the bigger question though, wolf, you covered the white house for a long time. i covered the white house for a long time. there are a lot of people, not just the republicans, a lot of people in the foreign policy community nkts wondering if the president is making a mistake. the new egyptian leadership is there. the new libyan leadership is there. the president of afghanistan is there. you have fires burning around the world if you will right now. he might be president for four more years, he's certainly going to be president for the next couple months. a lot of people are saying is the campaign really that important that he can't spend time eyeball-to-eyeball -- >> gloria, i want you to weigh-in. the fact is when george w. bush was seeking re-election in 2004, he went up six weeks, met with a bunch of leaders. when bill clinton was seeking re-election in 1996, six weeks before the election he was at the u.n. general assembly meeting with a whole
. americans are rejecting the tea party ideas, including their hatred of federal government. and this election could be the finalreaking point. president obama says that if he's fortunate enough to win a second term, his re-election will send a message to republicans that americans want his strategies, his sio the american people will speak on november 6th. the question is, will republicans listen? joining me now is former pennsylvania governor ed rendell, now an nbc political analyst and thank you both f comingn the show tonight. >> thank you, rev. >> governor rendell, let me go to you first. do republicans have a lot more at stake than just mitt romney in this elecon? >> there no question. first ofll, if mt roey t inthayth paril he wasn't a true conservative, he wasn't one of us. you can't test our strength until one of us runs for president. but the fallacy of that argument is goingo be in the senate and in the house. in the senate, listen to the states where the rublicans are in dr lgen seats. missouri, indiana, north dakota, arizona, and nevada and maine. >> right. >> six states where tea
's about the cost of health care rising, about government's role in health care, those are concerns. and whoever looks nice in these things or talks nice doesn't matter so much as what the substance and the takeaway is. because the next morning people are still going to be concerned around their kitchen table, what affects american families. are their kids going to have a future? do they have jobs? is their economy growing -- >> i get that. but also, as you know, the whole point of televised debate, there is a measure of how did you look? how did you seem? did you seem presidential? did you seem aggressive? did you seem like the underdog? did you -- did you flub? did you stutter? all those things, too, in addition to the specifics of policy and the actual facts that will be discussed, are also important. right? >> well, soledad, i think it means a lot to people on television. i worked in television for many years, too. certainly that is the chatter that many times people want to bring up to the public. it still comes down to this point of what did someone say, not just how did they
the government sticking its nose in is a huge problem. >> john: the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things. the civil rights act of 1964? if you're a libertarian might sound reasonable. if you apply for a job and the employer and employee agree on a salary, who's the government to get in there? some people in this country have decided discrimination is bad. that was todd akin coming out in favor of discrimination in the workplace not just against women. against anybody. so what's to stop a business from not hiring people of a race or religion or sexual orientation they don't like? under todd akin, nothing right? yeah, what a guy. so i'm going to have you play that about four times during this episode. i think it's more shocking than legitimate rape. 1-866-55-press. i'm john fuglesang filling in for bill all morning on your current radio and tv, this is the "bill press show." we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> announcer: heard around the
, but the takeaway is that this government is still strong in and around the capital. >> we have been reporting in the last 18 or so months what is the number, 28,000 syrians have been killed during this civil war, since last march. we have shown the pictures from aleppo and places like that. then you talk to the women, getting manicures, in the capital city of damascus, who aren't necessarily pro assad, who aren't necessarily pro rebel, stuck in the middle. here is that they told you. >> on many days the death toll around the capital far higher than for other cities. but where they can, people are trying to hold on to their old lives. for this woman, that's a few minutes at the beauty salon. it may look like normal life, but it is not. >> every day we hearing this boom, boom. and everything else. and there is a lot going on. >> you don't worry about it? >> i worry. i worry sick about it, but nothing we can do. >> reporter: she tells me she hates the killing, supports neither government nor rebels. wants them to talk, feels stuck in the middle. so too the salon's owner. >> i cannot go to the co
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